Module Title:Mechatronics 3
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Module will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, and practical sessions.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide the students with the ability to apply control techniques to electromechanical processes and construct PLC programs
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Program PLC’s using all 3 methods namely Statement List, Ladder Logic and Sequential Function Charts, to control various Mechanical Machines and processes (software simulations)
LO2 Describe various hardware components in modern control systems, illustrating their correct use, and configuration
LO3 Understand the importance of energy conservation and management in an industrial application, under headings of compressed air, motive power, and lighting.
LO4 Interpret electrical billing and metering.Appraise electrical bills and make recommendations in areas such as Power Factor correction, M.I.C. Max Demand.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
PLC programming
Method of programming from hand held units to computer interface. Structure programs using Ladder Logic,Statement List and Grafcet,writing programs to control machine functions using these methods. Write programs to control given sequences on simulation panel. Develop programs to control various machines, carrying out maths functions within PLC's, Data manipulation functions (mask/move) combined with advanced functions ( sequential load/output function blocks) Interpret given programs and resolve hidden problems.
Process Control
Creating I/O schedules, Fault diagnostics, recognizing different hardware configurations (sinking/sourcing). Analogue and digital configurations, scaling of inputs and data conversion.
Energy Efficient Technologies in Industry
Compressed Air cost as the 4th utility Energy saving in compressed air Motive power and energy saving opportunities in motive power Lighting controls and energy saving opportunities in lighting
Electrical Billing/Metering
o Domestic / commercial electrical tariffs MIC kWH units day/night kVAr units Max demand
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Written class tests and or online assessment may be employed to encourage individual learning 1,2 10.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Labs on various simulations of real world plant and equipment 1 10.00 Every Second Week
Examination Written class assessment 2,3,4 10.00 Sem 2 End
Practical/Skills Evaluation • Typical Practical laboratory exercises include: • Programming panel installed PLC’s ( Siemens, Mitsubishi, AB) using interface software to perform a series of functional controls, such as timer, counter functions, linked to external plant and equipment, simulations. 1 30.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Final practical examination will assess the extent to which the student has achieved the module learning outcomes in PLC programming 1 40.00 Sem 2 End
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Laboratory Every Week 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EMMEC_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 5 Mandatory
CW_EEMEC_D Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 5 Mandatory